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By Dentisty 4 You
September 21, 2015
Category:
SpiceUpYourTeeth

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”


By Dentisty 4 You
September 14, 2015
Category:
Tags: dental implants  

The gold standard among tooth replacement options, dental implants are one terrific option for most people who have one or more missing or badly damaged teeth. Unfortunately, however, they are not right for everyone. Before you call your dentist at Dentistry 4 You Dental Implantsin Suwanee, GA, ask yourself these four questions to help you better determine if dental implants might be right for you.

1. Do You Have One or More Missing or Badly Damaged Teeth?

An invasive dental procedure, dental implants are generally not recommended for people who simply need minor cosmetic correction. However, if your teeth are so badly damaged that they need to be replaced, or are missing altogether, dental implants may be the right treatment option for you.

2. Are You Healthy Enough for Surgery?

Due to the way dental implants are securely attached to your jawbone, they do require you to undergo surgery. Are you healthy enough? Talk to your dentist at Dentistry 4 You about any medical conditions or health concerns you may have in order to determine if you would be a good candidate for this particular surgery.

3. How is Your Oral Health Overall?

In addition to your health in general, your dentist will also want to know about your oral health in particular. Other than your teeth, is the rest of your mouth in relatively healthy condition, or do you have gum disease or even oral cancer? Your dentist will likely not be willing to let you undergo dental implant surgery until the rest of your mouth is clean and healthy enough, in order to improve your chances of success, shorten your healing time and avoid allowing the bacteria to get into the implantation site.

4. Can You Commit to Taking Good Care of Your Dental Implants for a Lifetime?

Of all of the tooth replacement options, dental implants are the easiest to take care of, but that doesn't mean that you can neglect to take care of them altogether. Before you undergo surgery, your dentist will want to make sure you are committed to taking care of your oral health, which includes brushing, flossing and rinsing, quitting smoking, and visiting your dentist at Dentistry 4 You in Suwanee, GA twice a year for routine check-ups.

If you're ready to trade in your damaged or missing smile for a beautiful smile you can be proud to show off, dental implants may be just the right tooth replacement option for you. If you answered yes to all of the above questions, call your dentist at Dentistry 4 You to set up an appointment for a consultation today.


By Dentisty 4 You
September 13, 2015
Category:
Tags: palatal expander  
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People mainly identify orthodontics with braces. But while they’re a major part of it, braces aren’t the only way this important dental specialty can make a difference in a person’s bite.

For example, orthodontics can help guide the development of a younger patient’s facial structure that could head off future upper teeth misalignment. The area of focus is the upper jaw and palate (the roof of the mouth) that jointly make up a structure called the maxilla. The maxilla is actually formed by two bones fused together in the center of the palate along what is known as the midline suture running from front to back in the mouth.

The two bones remain separated until puberty, which helps accommodate rapid structural growth during childhood. But problems can arise if the upper jaw is too narrow, causing a “cross-bite” where the lower back teeth bite abnormally outside the upper ones. This can crowd upper permanent teeth and cause them to erupt improperly.

Using a technique called palatal expansion we can correct this abnormality if we act before the maxillary bones fuse. The technique employs a custom-made appliance called a palatal expander that attaches to the posterior teeth of the upper arch. Expanders have two halves joined by a small screw device to increase tension against the teeth to widen the jaw. A parent or the patient (if old enough) increases the tension by using a special key to turn the adjustment screw a tiny amount each day. This may cause minor discomfort that normally eases in a few minutes.

The patient wears the device until the jaw expands to the desired width and then allows the bones to stabilize in the new position. This can sometimes create a small gap between the upper front teeth, but it often closes on its own or it may require braces to close it.

While palatal expanders are not for every case, they can help normalize development and improve the bite, and thus preclude more extensive orthodontic treatment later. But time is of the essence: after the maxilla has fused, surgery will be necessary to separate them and widen the palate. It’s important then not to delay if your child could benefit from this effective treatment.

If you would like more information on palatal expanders and other orthodontic treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Palatal Expanders.”


By Dentisty 4 You
September 03, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Millions of patients come to the dentist’s office every year for restorative dental work. Two common restorative solutions offered at Dentistry4You in Suwanee, GA are crowns and bridgework. There are some cases when you’ll need a crown to cover up a problem and Crownsothers when a dental bridge is the best choice. Learn more about the difference between the two and which one you should consider for your dental problem. 

Getting a Crown
A crown is a tooth restoration that is made to be placed over an existing tooth. It’s commonly made of porcelain, ceramic or metal material—all durable and designed to last for years. When you need a crown, it’s usually because there’s a tooth that needs a little help. For example, if you have a chip or crack in the tooth, but the root and bone tissue is healthy, a crown will provide a new covering for the surface. If the tooth is discolored beyond bleaching, a crown gives it back its attractive white appearance.

About Bridges
Bridges are dental appliances that are used to fill small gaps in the teeth. They are made of two crowns with a replacement tooth at the center. With the help of two anchor teeth, the bridge is securely positioned over the gums with dental cement. Bridgework by Dentistry4You in Suwanee GA can last for a decade if you prioritize good oral hygiene and see your dentist often.

Which One Is Best for You?
Now that you know the difference between crowns and bridges, you know which one is best for your specific dental problem. In short, if you have an otherwise healthy tooth that needs a minor repair, a crown is the ideal choice, and if you have a missing tooth (or two), a bridge will help restore your smile. 

Talk to Your Dentist
Have a dental exam at Dentistry4You in Suwanee GA in the near future so that you and your dentist can decide if crowns or bridges are the right treatment. Call the office at (678) 804-7405 today to request an appointment time.